Development Pacts


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The legislation converting Italy’s “Decreto Crescita” (Growth Decree) into Law (Law No. 58 dated 28 June 2019 converting Decree-Law No. 34 dated 30 April 2019) joins all the Programmes financed by Italy’s Development and Cohesion Fund (FSC) into a single Development and Cohesion Plan for each Administration involved.

Art. 44 of the aforesaid Decree establishes that the wide array of programming documents of each central Administration, Region or Metropolitan City holding resources from the Development and Cohesion Fund be reorganised by the Territorial Cohesion Agency (in agreement with the Administrations concerned) within a single Operational Plan.

Upon proposal by the Minister for Southern Italy and Territorial Cohesion, the Plans are submitted to Italy’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE), to be approved within four months from the entry into force of the “Growth Decree”.

The Development Pacts, previously known as “Pacts for the South”, are an inter-institutional territorial cooperation instrument for implementing interventions in the Regions and Metropolitan Cities of Southern Italy.

Undersigned by Italy’s President of the Council of Ministers (or delegated Authority for cohesion) and by the President of the Region or Mayor of the Metropolitan City concerned, Development Pacts define the strategic lines for territorial development, outlining the tools and resources available and the priority interventions to be implemented.

The unified Pact relies on all available resources from NOPs and ROPs financed by Structural Funds 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, and from the Development and Cohesion Fund 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, as well as any further ad-hoc funding.

To date, 21 Development Pacts have been signed in Italy, one for each of the 10 Regions (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily) and 11 Metropolitan Cities (Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Messina, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Venice) involved.

Via Resolution No. 26 dated 10 August 2016, CIPE allocated €13,412 million from FSC 2014-2020 to implement these interventions.

The Territorial Cohesion Agency has helped coordinate (through relevant Steering Committees Chairs) the investment initiatives defined by the Government, in agreement with regional and local Administrations, to ensure implementation of interventions both in Southern Regions and in the rest of the Country.

By means of Development Pacts, the Government, the Regions, and the Metropolitan Cities involved have made their respective commitments converge on a number of priority objectives, setting the related time schedules and defining the investment methods.

To speed up investments in accordance with relevant monitoring data, a detailed survey has been launched to assess the progress made within the Pacts and identify reprogrammable resources.